My husband and father of our two children passed away in 2006. For the second time in as many years, I have received notification from SSA that they believe they have overpaid our survivor benefits. They are claiming this is due to my income, however I do not receive any widow benefits because of my income. I have not received any personal benefit since 2006. My two daughters, ages 5 and 7 both receive their survivor benefit and obviously do not have any form of income on their own. Can SSA do this? I have been told numerous times that my income does not affect their benefit, however the SSA insist on trying to make it happen that way. They apparently do not even understand how their own system is supposed to work. Help!
Social Security Handbook